The FAA routinely requests copies of pertinent medical records for review before arriving at a certification decision. These records are critical parts of the FAA evaluation, and failure to provide them will slow the issuance of your medical certificate.
Following any medical treatment, especially involving hospitalization and surgery, the FAA will require these medical records:
This information can be obtained from the hospital or treatment facility by contacting its medical records department. There may be a cost for this service and is usually a per-page charge. Many of these records may be available from your treating physician's office, so try that first before contacting the hospital record library.
The copies should be clean and legible. Arrange them in chronological order with the oldest information on top. Also, be sure to make copies of all information you plan to forward to the FAA in case the records are lost or misplaced after they arrive at the FAA.
If you would like assistance navigating the special issuance process, AOPA Pilot Protection Services will review your medical records in advance of your medical application to make sure your records are in order and complete. You will be able to avoid unnecessary delays caused by missing or incomplete paperwork. In addition, we will track your medical through the FAA system to make sure your application keeps moving forward. We will work with the FAA to ensure that make sure you receive your medical in the shortest possible time. Call AOPA to enroll or visit www.aopa.org/pps.
Updated March 13, 2013
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